CHICAGO – Rolling to its 14th straight victory, the No. 7 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team opened with a 9-0 run and never trailed en route to a 67-42 win over Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) Saturday afternoon at Bob Hallberg Court at the Shannon Center in Chicago. Junior forward Morgan Stuut (Marcellus, Mich./Three Rivers) led the Cougars with a double-double, her 17th of the season, of 11 points and 11 rebounds as well as a game-best six steals. Senior point guard Jordan Brandt (Winamac, Ind./Winamac) and sophomore forward Caitlin McMahon (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) each chipped in 10 points for SXU to aid the victory.
Brandt also posted a game-leading five assists and four steals for the Cougars, while McMahon was tough defensively with a game-high four blocked shots. Junior guards Suzie Broski (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) and Maloree Johnson (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) tallied nine points apiece for Saint Xavier Saturday. SXU used a tough defense throughout the game to frustrate the Fighting Saints limiting the visitors to just 23 percent (14-for-60) shooting from the field and also helping force 23 USF turnovers behind 14 steals. The Cougars shot 47 percent (27-for-57) from the floor in Saturday's victory. SXU took its first double-digit lead at the 11-minute mark of the first half on a lay-up by senior guard Niara Harris (Richton Park, Ill./Robert Morris/Rich South). The Cougars pushed the lead to 15 points, 33-18, at the half. It was never threatened in the second half as SXU led by as many as 26 points after the break.
Saint Xavier (19-3 overall/9-1 CCAC) heads to South Bend, Ind., on Wednesday, January 29, for a conference game against Holy Cross College (Ind.). The game is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. (eastern) start.